Abbigail Armstrong, Ed.D.

Abbigail Armstrong, co-author of the upcoming books Rigor in the K-5 Math and Science Classroom and Rigor in the 6-12 Math and Science Classroom, has seen the challenges of impoverished children; she lived through it.  She overcame early challenges to become a veteran public school teacher.  She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University in 2010.  Building on her classroom experiences and specializations in math, content literacy, and middle level education, she became a professor at Winthrop University in 2005.  She now teaches undergraduate courses in the Middle Level Education Program, and graduate courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, the Middle Level Education master's program, and in the Curriculum and Instruction specialty program. She supervises elementary and middle school student teachers, and collaborates with area schools on special projects.  Dr. Armstrong has worked on several projects involving assessing rigor in schools and program evaluation.  She also has a strong background in working with at-risk students, particularly those from a poverty background.  She has worked with Dr. Blackburn for ten years, and is a skilled presenter who brings a real-life, down-to-earth perspective to her presentations. Participants are most excited about her practical approach and hands-on learning.


"Abbigail is a fantastic presenter and related to our teachers very well.  Thanks so much for sending her!"

--Chandra James, Chicago Public Schools



"I can’t say enough about the quality of the time we spent with Dr. Abbigail Armstrong.  Dr. Armstrong agreed to travel to our school at the last minute to fill in for Dr. Blackburn. Dr. Armstrong was extremely engaging, encouraging, and knowledgeable in the facilitation of each of the elementary, middle and high school groups. Our teachers were provided the opportunity to work with the rigor tools individually and in small groups to see how they might be implemented in their classrooms. They left the sessions with ideas and strategies that could be employed in the classroom immediately. Dr. Blackburn definitely left us in excellent hands—we were so thrilled with the outcome that we are having both Barbara AND Abbigail lead our training this November!"

--Kate Watts, Director of Curriculum, Monson Public Schools


"She was EXCELLENT! My teachers were able to obtain great strategies to increase the rigor in their classrooms and lessons.  She kept our teachers alert at all times because they did not want to miss anything. Working in a rural and impoverished area, it can be very challenging to motivate the 21st Century Learner. The book Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word along with Dr. Armstrong's presentation can make this task a little easier.  Again, I was very pleased and will be recommending her and the book to principals in my district and surrounding districts."

--Cynthia Johnson, Principal, Calhoun County Schools


 Dr. Armstrong delivered an engaging presentation that motivated all participants to use realistic methods of increasing the level of rigor with our diverse learners.  

--Doreen Milot, Supervisor of ESL and District Support Consultant, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29


Challenging All Students; Rigorous Tasks and Assessments
Challenging All Students.pdf
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Setting the Stage for Intrinsic Motivation, ASCD Express
ASCD Express 12.23 - Setting the Stage f[...]
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Motivation: It's All About Me
momentum motivation article.pdf
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Content Area Literacy in the Math Classroom
content literacy math.pdf
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Excerpt: Teaching Children of Poverty

Continue to read about the team Dr. Barbara Blackburn, Dr. Ron Williamson, Dr. Brad Witzel, and  Melissa Miles.